Strangling City Regulations Forces Historic Gun Shop To Close

Emma Colton Deputy Editor
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With San Francisco readying to implement strangling new restrictions on firearm sales, the city’s only gun shop officially announced it’s closing its doors forever.

High Bridge Arms has been opened since the 1950s, but after San Francisco announced new restrictions on firearms that would only be applied to High Bridge, the gun shop announced on Facebook it will close on Oct. 31.

“For all our true friends and followers, I would like to sincerely thank you for all your support, likes, positive feedback and best of all, your friendship,” the Facebook announcement said. “Hopefully, we’ll see you soon. It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be you’re last San Francisco Gun shop.”

The new regulations would require the city’s only gun store to video record all sales, and send copies of customers’ personal information to the San Francisco Police Department. (RELATED: San Fran Politician ‘Comfortable’ With Gun Control Measure That Could Close City’s Last Gun Store)

“I believe the laws that are closing the store are for the political benefit of those proposing them,” shopper Michael Wehle told the San Francisco Gate while buying a Berreta M9 pistol. “The idea of a major city without a gun store. … I’m disappointed.”

The gun shop already has an extensive security system complete with 17 security cameras, and an agreement with the local police to hand over any video footage law enforcement request. General Manager Steven Alcairo of the gun shop told Fox News that the store was targeted by liberal bureaucrats, and after years of struggling with stifling regulations, High Bridge Arms decided to close.

“This time, it’s the idea of filming our customers taking delivery of items after they already completed waiting periods,” Alcairo told Fox News. “We feel this is a tactic designed to discourage customers from coming to us.”

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